Lafayette, Louisiana is the fourth largest incorporated municipality by population and the 219th most populous in the United States, with a 2019 census-estimated population of 126,199; the consolidated city–parish’s population was 244,390 in 2019. The Lafayette metropolitan area was Louisiana’s third largest metropolitan statistical area with a population of 489,207 at the 2019 American Community Survey, overtaking the Shreveport–Bossier City metropolitan area.
Nicknamed “The Hub City”, or “Heart of Acadiana”, The city, metropolitan area and Acadiana region are major centers for the technology industry, and home to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the second largest public research university in Louisiana. Lafayette is also a major center for health care and social services, aerospace, banking and retail. Notable entities with headquarters or a large presence in the Lafayette area include the Ochsner Health System, IberiaBank, Rouses Market, Petroleum Helicopters International, Amazon, Brookshire Grocery Company, JP Morgan Chase, Albertsons, Perficient, and CGI. The Lafayette area is home to a diverse population from Louisiana Creole and Cajun backgrounds, and was named the “Happiest City in America” in 2014. You won’t find any shortage of food options in Lafayette and surrounding areas. From Mom & Pop restaurants to large national brands, Lafayette has it all!